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ERIC Number: EJ784748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
The Link between Successful Aging and Serious Leisure
Brown, Carroll A.; McGuire, Francis A.; Voelkl, Judith
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v66 n1 p73-95 2008
The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine whether engagement in a serious leisure activity provided older adults opportunities for successful aging. Data were collected through in-depth interviews at shag dance festivals in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. To provide structure for the interview, a general interview guide consisting of open-ended questions was used. A total of 31 interviews were conducted with 25 individuals and 6 couples, between 60 and 82 years of age. During the analysis stage, the constant comparative method was used to analyze the data. Themes that emerged support the idea that shag dancing is a form of serious leisure for older adults and support the role of serious leisure in successful aging. The narratives provided by the informants illustrate the powerful role serious leisure can play in an individual's life and point toward the value of serious leisure as an approach that holds promise for recreators working to help older individuals experience successful aging. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina